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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Todd Delaune Indicted for Violations of the Federal Gun Control Act

TODD DELAUNE age 53, a resident of  Larose, Louisiana, was charged yesterday in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. 

According to previously filed court documents, DELAUNE was arrested by detectives of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office’s on February 12, 2018 for simple assault, telecommunications harassment and threatening a public official.  Subsequent to his arrest, a search warrant was executed at DELAUNE’s residence and the following ammunition was discovered and seized:   one box of Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells (8 in box); two full boxes of Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells (50 rounds), one full box of Federal 12 gauge shotgun shells (25);  one hundred and eighty .22 caliber Remington bullets; one full box of Eley .22 caliber bullets (50 rounds); one Promag 50 round .22 caliber magazine; two Eagle 35 round .22 caliber magazines.    A review of DELAUNE’s criminal history revealed that he pled guilty on August 7, 2013 to simple battery of his ex-wife (a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence), which prohibits him from possessing firearms and ammunition.

If convicted, DELAUNE faces a ten year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three year term of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

U. S. Attorney Duane A. Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon.

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Updated March 23, 2018